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Podcasts…yes or no?

Do you listen to podcasts?

I’ve always been a big fan of listening to the radio when I’m driving around town etc, but lately I’ve gotten into podcasts.

What I love about them is that, unlike an audio book, you can dip in and out of subject matter depending on what you feel like, you can listen to something fun/educational/serious/intelligent/frivolous…

My go to ones are usually related to the writing business (Self Publishing Formula, SPA girls, Joanna Penn) and I find them absolutely fascinating and essential listening and learning, but I’ve also used one to help me get to sleep (although it didn’t work very well so I won’t give details here!!!).

The Food Programme (BBC Radio 4) is fascinating- all about the development and history of food and then there’s a selection of meditations, hiking stories, parenting, book clubs, short stories, poems, reviews and my husband was listening to one yesterday about murder (should I be worried?). So many to choose from!! I love that there’s something for every taste and every mood.

There are too many to choose from, so I’d love to hear any recommendations….do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?

[My most recent medical romance doesn’t feature any podcasts, but is Reunited By Their Secret Son  Mills and Boon  Amazon US Amazon UK]
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Excerpt – Reunited By Their Secret Son

Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Ciao! Sdrazvouchez!

This blog is coming to you from my big trip that has visited Canada, UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy…where I am now. I have another few days here then a two week tour in Russia and a stopover in Shanghai. I am so very, very lucky…although it will be nice to sleep in my own bed! My husband had a well-earned sabbatical, so we took advantage, but it does mean I have sporadic access to the internet so, forgive me, I have uploaded this early and may not get to answer all your comments immediately.

I wanted to share with you my new medical romance REUNITED BY THEIR SECRET SON which is now available on wide release. The eagle-eyed ones amongst you will recognise Finn as Callum Baird’s brother in THE NURSE’S SPECIAL DELIVERY (released December 2017). So, if you remember reading about Finn’s accident that claimed his leg and almost his life and you got to wondering how he was doing, well…here’s your chance to find out.

Reunited By Their Secret Son

It started with one night…

Will it end with them becoming a family?

Sophie can never forget her sizzling encounter with gorgeous stranger Finn. How can she, when her beloved little boy’s a daily reminder? And she can’t forgive Finn for disappearing without a trace afterwards. But she’s shocked to come face-to-face with him at her son’s physio appointment, and sees how much he’s changed… Could this be their chance to finally become a family?

EXCERPT BEGINS:

CHAPTER ONE

He was late.

Finn Baird was never late—not any more. These days he always gave himself extra time to navigate the traffic, negotiate the car park and be in his clinic with plenty of minutes to spare. Mainly so he could both impress the boss and be mentally prepared for the day. But also so he could make readjustments to his leg before he started work.

He just hadn’t anticipated the readjustments would take so long today. Or hurt so damned much.

Which was more than a little irritating because now he was rushing, and the more he rushed the slower he seemed to get, not to mention the more frustrated.

Two months into his new job as paediatric physiotherapist at St Margaret’s Children’s Hospital—Maggie’s to the locals—and he’d made sure he had a reputation for having all the time in the world for his patients. Hell, they deserved it. A lot of them had challenges worse than his and most of them grinned their way through treatment. Through all the pulling and pushing and straightening and bending he made them do, through all the pain, through all the mind-numbingly repetitive exercises, he tried to make them laugh. Tried to make them believe they could achieve anything if they tried.

He definitely needed to take a leaf out of their books.

Trying to smile and hurry along the corridor while gritting his teeth against the pain, he reached the reception area at the same time his boss did. Neither of them looked at their watches. Neither of them acknowledged Finn was late.

And hell, if that was preferential treatment he didn’t want it. ‘Sorry I’m late, Ross. Won’t happen again.’

‘Good morning, Finn. Don’t worry; I know you’ll make it up.’ Ross Andrews, Head of Physiotherapy, threw a pile of paper folders onto the reception desk and looked up. ‘You always stay later than everyone else anyway.’

Because he needed to stay on top of everything. Needed this job to work out, and everything took longer these days. ‘Just want to get the job done properly.’

‘And you do. So you’re forgiven for being a few minutes behind. Great run yesterday. Feeling it a bit today? I certainly am. I think I twinged my back.’ Ross put his palms on the small of his back and stretched backwards. ‘I’ve got to fix that overpronation.’

‘You want me to take a look?’

‘Later, if we get a chance. One of the perks of being a physio, eh? Treatment on tap. I’m so impressed with your race time, Finn—you did great. Really great.’

The minutes were ticking by but Finn could hardly snap at the boss and head off to his first patient, so he took a deep breath and promised himself he’d be doubly efficient today without hurrying the littlies.

‘Let’s be honest—I ran a woeful time. I’m just glad I made it to the finish line.’ There had been a time when he’d completed the ten-mile Great Edinburgh Run in under an hour; this time he’d been lucky—and utterly exhausted and hurting on both his good leg and his gone one—to finish half the distance in the same time. He rubbed his left thigh, still sore and tight, but nowhere near as painful as just below his knee where the stitches had been and where the friction was always most intense. ‘Still, I stayed upright—that was a bonus. I’m aiming for a faster time next year.’

‘Don’t push yourself too hard—you’ll get there. You just need a little incentive…if you know what I mean. Someone to run towards.’ Ross’s eyes grew wider as he nodded.

Finn grinned, remembering seeing Ross overtake him on the home straight, having run twice the distance, right into the arms of his new wife. She’d been so proud of him even Finn hadn’t been able to stop smiling as she cheered and screamed her husband’s name as he went over the finishing line. And then there’d been the kisses; the poor man had barely been able to catch breath.

‘A special someone to cheer me on at the end, right? I’m going to be running a long, long way before that ever happens.’

His boss laughed. ‘Well, you’ll never have it if you don’t even ask a lassie out. Greta’s sister said to drop a huge hint about a double date. She’s single too—?’

Ugh. Not another date set-up. He was starting to regret getting to know his boss a little better out of work. Seemed Finn was surrounded by loved-up couples these days who wanted him to have a piece of the happiness they had. If it wasn’t Ross and Greta it was his brother Callum and his new family down in New Zealand dropping hints at every available opportunity about seeing him paired up. The thing none of them understood—or downright ignored—was the issue of his leg. Or lack of it. If he’d struggled to come to terms with it, then what chance did any woman have? How could he give them what they wanted? ‘Thanks, but no. Really, no.’

Ross shook his head, undeterred as a matchmaker. ‘I never understood why you turned down lovely Julia, the Pilates instructor. Or Molly-Rae from the café…she was definitely dropping big hints to go for a drink. Even I could see that.’

Finn dug deep to keep polite. He dredged up a smile. ‘I mean it, boss. No.’

‘Or there’s the speed dating night every Thursday at the Tavern?’ Ross shrugged. ‘A bit lame, I know. But it’s always a laugh. I went there a few times before I met Greta. As you know, we met at salsa night—oh. Well…Yes…’ He glanced at Finn’s leg and shrugged again. ‘If you can run, you can dance.’

Dancing was a whole lot more than just moving forward in a straight line. ‘Really. I’m fine. Thanks. I’m not looking for anyone. Please tell the lovely Greta I’m fine on my own.’

Even as he said it he knew it sounded hollow. But there it was. Before the accident, Finn had taken his looks and raw physicality for granted and enjoyed them, celebrated them with the best and the most beautiful women he could find. He’d paraded around like a prize chump, all cocky and sure of himself, a peacock on show. He’d had a host of women who’d wanted what he’d wanted: a night of fun and drink and mindless sex. Then his charmed life had started to unravel and the last thing he’d wanted was to attempt dating again. Couldn’t do it, but it didn’t stop them asking. Or his friends trying to set him up.

Most of those women were a blur to him now. All except one…the one who’d not got away, not exactly. The one he’d purposefully let go after he’d fallen from grace, fallen from a great bloody height and broken both his dreams and his body.

Now? He didn’t need anyone. Didn’t want anyone. Didn’t want anyone to see him like this, not after who he’d been before. Not after he’d changed so damned much he was barely recognisable inside or out. ‘If I change my mind, Ross, you’ll be the first to know.’

‘Aye, well, I was like you once—thought I was better off being a lad—but there comes a time in every man’s life when he has to settle down. Get serious.’

‘I’ve a long way before I go to those extremes.’ Finn laughed. ‘I’m pretty serious about myself these days and that’s about all I can manage for now.’ He’d had to relearn how to do pretty much everything and was still learning. He changed the subject, jumping into work as always. Because work made him focus on the possible, not the impossible, like having a woman who even liked the look of him, let alone could fall for him and see a future. ‘I’m going to be running very late, so I need to get on. Who’ve we got today?’

‘Some regular follow-ups from your predecessor and a couple of new referrals. Nothing too taxing. You’re doing just fine. Don’t rush. They’ll understand.’ Ross looked meaningfully again at Finn’s left leg.

‘I prefer it if the leg doesn’t come up in conversation.’ Finn whipped round to peer at the computer for details of his first client, twisting his leg in the prosthetic. A searing pain ran up his knee. He inhaled sharply, clenched his teeth and waited for the pain to subside. ‘Okay. Okay. Let’s go.’

‘You all right? You need a seat?’ Reaching out to steady Finn, Ross peered at him, all concern and questions.

Damn. The last thing he needed was a father figure…scratch that, a brother figure. He already had one of those and even twelve thousand miles away he still managed to be overbearing and overly concerned about Finn’s welfare. All. The. Time.

The whole point of taking this job and being this new person in a new city, putting the past well and truly behind him, was to live a normal life. He didn’t want people to keep asking if he was all right. And yes, he knew they cared and were just being nice. But he didn’t want to be treated any differently to everyone else.

He counted to ten under his breath as the pain faded. ‘Yep. I’m fine. But even after more than two years I keep forgetting.’ And it wasn’t just the physical pain that assailed him, sometimes out of nowhere. ‘Still, I’m good to go. And now I’m really late.’

 

Four hours later and his leg was no better, neither was his mood, although the kids always made him smile. A missed appointment meant he could catch up. All he had to do now was finish these notes and then he could lock his door, slip off his prosthesis and the silicone liner and relax for a few minutes.

As he sat in his office—the closest to Reception so he wouldn’t have to walk far, apparently—he heard a kerfuffle in the waiting area.

A woman’s voice, soft and apologetic. Breathless. ‘I’m so, so late. I’m sorry. Really sorry. Lachie had a meltdown at home which delayed things a bit…you know what it’s like…he’s hit the terrible twos six months early. Then I couldn’t get a parking space and then there was something wrong with the pushchair—I think it might be one of the front wheels; it’s wanting to go in the opposite direction to all the others.’

The talking stopped. Finn assumed it was for the woman to draw breath. He heard the receptionist sigh. Then that soft voice again. ‘I know you’re all busy. I’m so sorry. Please, if anyone could see us I’m happy to wait as long as it takes.’

Their receptionist was renowned for running a tight ship. ‘I’m sorry but we have a full list today and there’s no wriggle room to fit you in. I can make another appointment for Lachie?’

‘He really needs to be seen today. I know it’s not relevant, or shouldn’t be, but I’ve taken the day off work as holiday just so we could get here. I’m fast running out of holiday days…’ Desperation laced her words. ‘It’s his boots, you see—they’re rubbing and he hates wearing them. That was the trouble this morning—when I took them off after he’d worn them all night he threw them across the room.’ A pause. ‘Please.’

Finn stretched his left knee. Yeah, he knew all about rubbing. About the tension before you put the damned thing on because you just knew it was going to be sore. He knew how hard that was for a grown man to get his head round, never mind a…what did she say?…eighteen-month-old. He sent an urgent message to the receptionist’s screen.

I’ll see them. Just give me a few minutes to finish these notes.

A message flicked back: Thanks. The good karma fairy is looking down on you.

‘Okay. One of the physiotherapists will miss his lunch for you. Please take a seat.’

The softly spoken woman’s voice wavered. ‘Oh. That’s very kind. Thank you. Thank you. Lachie? The nice man will see you soon.’

Finn walked through to the waiting room and was just about to call out the boy’s name when he was struck completely dumb. His heart thudded against his ribcage as he watched the woman reading a story to her child. Her voice quiet and sing-song, dark hair tumbling over one shoulder, ivory skin. A gentle manner. Soft.

His brain rewound, flickering like an old film reel: dark curls on the pillow. Warm caramel eyes. A mouth that tasted so sweet. Laughter in the face of grief. One night.

That night…

A lifetime ago.

He snapped back to reality. He wasn’t that man any more; he’d do well to remember that. He cleared his throat and glanced down at the notes file in his hand to remind himself of the name. ‘Lachlan Harding?’

‘Yes. Yes—oh?’ She froze, completely taken aback. For a second he saw fear flicker across her eyes then she stood up. Fear? Why? Because he’d never called as he’d promised? ‘Finn? Is it you? It’s Finn, yes?’

There was little warmth there; her mouth was taut in a straight line. No laughter. Not at all. She was still startlingly pretty. Not a trace of make-up, but she didn’t need anything to make her any more beautiful. His gut clenched as he remembered more of that night and how good she’d made him feel.

Too bad, matey.

The fear gone, she smiled hesitantly and tugged the boy closer to her leg, her voice a little wobbly and a little less soft. ‘Wow. Finn, this is a surprise—’

‘Sophie. Hello. Yes, I’m Finn. Long time, no see.’ Glib, he knew, when there was so much he should say to explain what had happened, why he hadn’t called, but telling her his excuses during a professional consultation wasn’t the right time. Besides, she had a child now; she’d moved on from their one night together, clearly. He glanced at her left hand, the one that held her boy so close—no wedding ring. But that didn’t mean a thing these days; she could be happily unmarried and in a relationship.

And why her marital status pinged into his head he just didn’t know. He had no right to wonder after the silence he’d held for well over two years.

They were just two people who’d shared one night a long time ago. There was no professional line to cross here. He was doing her a favour by seeing her son. If things felt awkward he could always assign her to a different physiotherapist for the next appointment.

‘Yes. Wow. It’s a small world.’ He infused his manner with professionalism, choosing not to go down Memory Lane. He was a different man now. Although he couldn’t help but notice as he turned that his left leg was shaking a little more than usual. In fact, all of him was. It was surprise, that was all. His past life clashing with his present. He concentrated hard on being steady and not limping in front of her, because for some reason it mattered that she saw him as whole. ‘Right, then, so this is Lachie? Come on through.’

Good karma? No chance. Judging by the way Sophie was looking at him, the good karma fairy had gone on her lunch break.

EXCERPT ENDS

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Book recommendations for traveling?

Hello and happy March!

I’m having a very exciting time planning a sabbatical with my husband. We leave on March 23rd and will be away for 9 weeks! We’re fitting a lot in including a weekend in Vancouver, an Easter wedding in UK, a romantic weekend in Paris, a family get together in Barcelona, a 10 day hike in northern Spain (covering 200kms), a recuperative week in Portugal (we’re going to need it!! LOL), a gourmet week in Italy and a tour of Russia.

img_6189.jpgPacking everything to cover all these things will be interesting, to say the least, and there will be no room for books so I’m taking my trusty kindle. I’m looking for any must-reads you’ve found this year?

I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours… 🙂

These are my most recent reads…

I have never read any Jayne Ann Krentz before, but thoroughly enjoyed reading Promise Not To Tell which is a suspense novel about a woman who has narrowly escaped a cult and the people she spent time with there…there was enough suspense to keep me interested and enough romance to make me sigh.

On Second Thought is another wonderful Kristan Higgins read about families, sisters and love (falling in, falling out, searching for, and then unexpectedly finding it). I adore Higgins’ books and you’re always guaranteed a few laughs and few tears and very satisfactory ending.

Still Me is book three in the life of Louisa Clark (the first one is Me Before You then there’s After You), an ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey to find love and herself. Moyes always writes such heartfelt prose and makes me weep!

Edge of Truth is the second book by Brynn Kelly about a group of ex-French foreign legion soldiers. The first book, Deception Island, won the RWNZ KORU Award last year and is a hot suspense novel that had me gripped on the first page. I’m just diving into this, but if it’s as good as the first one I’ll be thrilled.

The Camino. Unless you’re a fan of Shirley MacLaine (yes, the actress) or hiking in Spain this one won’t be for you. It’s a whacky and weird exploration of Shirley’s ideas and ‘past lives’ and not so much about the walk… this was inadvertently on the photo so thought I’d better mention it!!

(And I have Fiona Lowe’s Birthright downloaded already and waiting! 🙂 )

So…what have you read that will hold my interest on those long plane and train journeys? I love suspense and crime and (obviously) romance and women’s fiction. Also…what about audio books? Do you like them? Would you recommend?

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Happy Christmas from New Zealand

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So the tree is up, the presents are wrapped and the food is ordered. So far, thanks to El Nino, the weather has played ball and we’re all set for a hot Christmas down under (even if the angel at the top has ‘boobs’ made out of baubles…that’s what becomes of having two young adult males in the house ;-)).

It’s been a hectic year for us all in the George household (and a challenging one too, so I’ll be glad to tick over into a fresh new year to be honest!). I’m looking forward to a week of relaxation and food, and good times with family and friends. I wish the same for you.

In an ideal world I’d like to follow the Icelandic tradition of giving a book to relatives on Christmas Eve and settling down to read in peace and quiet, but I know we’ll be sitting down in front of the TV instead and watching Love Actually, because that’s what we do at our house. I think I know the whole script word for word!

But, in case you follow that book-giving tradition or are looking for some festive inspiration, with newborn babies to boot, then look no further than the duet Sue MacKay and I wrote under the series banner ‘The Ultimate Christmas Gift’... about two best friends whose friendship is tightened further by the gift of surrogacy.

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‘The Nurse’s Special Delivery’ by Louisa George

A baby for Christmas…and a father too?

When nurse Abbie Cook meets gorgeous Scottish paramedic Callum Baird, there’s an instant attraction. But the timing couldn’t be more wrong…

Abbie’s best friend Emma is about to give birth to a longed-for surrogate baby for her. While Callum has responsibilities at home that mean he can’t commit to Abbie.

As Christmas approaches, Callum and Abbie cannot deny the passion between them. But will the sudden arrival of baby Gracie give them the miracle they long for?

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‘Her New Year Baby Surprise’ by Sue MacKay

A new baby of her own?

Nurse Emma Hayes was happy being a surrogate to give her best friend, Abbie, her baby. She has her own daughter, Rosie, and everything she needs. Until handsome ER doc Nixon Wright gets under her skin!

Having lost his family young, Nixon is wary of falling in love. But there’s something about Emma… Soon he’s fallen under her spell, with very unexpected consequences!

Nevertheless, Emma faces the New Year full of hope for the future. But will the new baby they’ve created together be enough to melt Nixon’s frozen heart?

Available at all good bookshops!

Happy Christmas and all the very best wishes for 2018! xxx

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Procrastination and pants!

Thinking, Women, Businesswoman.I was a little short on inspiration for this blog this morning and didn’t know what to write about, so I did what any sensible woman would do and went shopping instead! Online shopping. The bane and the bliss of my life!! LOL. Today it was knickers/pants/panties (depending on where you come from). Yesterday it was mascara, two days ago it was yarn for a new baby blanket I’m making. Yes. Shopping addict. But we don’t have a Marks and Spencer’s here in New Zealand, and they do–hands down–the best every day pants/knickers a woman can buy at a great price. And the choices of wool/yarn overseas is better than here too, so what’s a girl to do?

Anyhoo, I digress. Because that’s what I do. A lot. As well as shopping today I’ve also run 2km and done weight training, spent far too long chatting to my boy about Married At First Sight’s drama-filled episode last night and done an hour’s yoga class. So here I am at my desk in the middle of the afternoon and still no completed blog post and no new words for my current wip.

 

What to do? I frustrate myself by not being more productive! I’ve tried making myself more accountable and set up bullet point journals with lists of things I need to do. I’ve tried to increase my daily word count to push myself harder and nothing’s worked. But colour me joyful when I read this blog post and discovered that procrastination and distraction can even be an asset.

Hoorah! Online shopping is helping me in my job! So now I have to accept that distraction and procrastination are part of my process and this is who I am. And while I’m still hoping to get enough words done today I’m going to stop beating myself up about not being the perfect writer who sits down at 9am and writes a zillion words every day. That’s not me. And it’s okay. It’s okay not to chase that idea of ‘perfection’ we see in other people and just be our own selves more (but that’s a whole other blog post!!). 

Because, I do manage to write the words in the end. Proof being that I have a new book out at the moment and another one coming next month. Here’s the details of both in case you fancy checking them out.

But, before you do that, tell me…what do you do for procrastination? And, if you know of a better pants/knickers/panties retailer than Marks and Spencer’s please share!!

Something Beg Mistletoe Tania

She’s the Grinch who hates Christmas. He’s determined to make this the best holiday season ever. What they need is a Christmas miracle. What they have is a match made in candy cane hell…

But when Faith and Blake are forced to work together to make Christmas dreams come true for a local kindergarten, things start to heat up between them. A kiss under the mistletoe is only the start of the thaw…

This Christmas, can Blake melt Faith’s heart and show her that miracles really can happen…?

 

 

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A baby for Christmas…and a father too?

When nurse Abbie Cook meets gorgeous Scottish paramedic Callum Baird there’s an instant attraction. But the timing couldn’t be more wrong. Abbie’s best friend Emma is about to give birth to a longed-for surrogate baby for her, and Callum has responsibilities at home that mean he can’t commit to Abbie.

As Christmas approaches, Callum and Abbie can’t deny the passion between them. But will the sudden arrival of baby Gracie give them the miracle they long for?

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Happy father’s Day!

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It was father’s day yesterday down here at the end of the world. My husband was working for much of it but he did spend some time with one of our sons (the other one is away at uni at the moment) and he had celebratory meals at the beginning and end of the day with us. As always he didn’t want us to make a fuss…seems to me they never do. Our real live heroes roll their sleeves up and get on with things, avoiding the drama whether it be good or bad. But we know they are there always encouraging and enthusiastic and supportive and with a seemingly endless supply of bad dad jokes!

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They wouldn’t want to admit it, but I see my husband in my boys’ mannerisms, the way they sit on the couch in a certain way (like three peas in a pod!), I hear him in their voices and laughs. I also see the caring and staunch belief system they share with him, the same values and sense of humour and it warms my heart that they have such a good role model in their lives.

Dads are big in romance right now too…we’ve celebrated on this blog the coverage we had for the single dads in medical romance and their very hot covers. I’ve just finished writing a secret baby romance for the med line (due out in April/May, title as yet to be decided) and I had to admit to falling a little bit in love with Finn as he embraced unexpected fatherhood in the hardest of circumstances. He knew without a doubt that he would love this child and protect it forever.

So, here’s to the real life heroes in our lives! How do you spend Father’s Day?

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Reviews?

They’re the things that strike fear into every author’s heart as she clicks on the amazon book page…will they love the book? Will they hate it? Is it meh?

As authors we’re told not to look at reviews, but I have to confess I can’t help it. A few good words can send me on a happy writing day, a few bad ones can crush me for a few hours. But why do we have them? Are they useful? Do other readers pay any attention to them?

Heart page and blank white space letterboxFor authors, other than ego-rubbing or ego-deflating, reviews can be helpful to secure future book deals, can help get the book onto various sales websites (such as Bookbub who, so I’ve heard, won’t take a book unless it’s got at least 20 4-5 star reviews) and can sometimes make the difference between a sale or a pass for the unsure reader.

I’ve had my fair share of mixed reviews, but when I get a bad one I hop on over to Goodreads and read some of the reviews of some of the ‘great’ books of literature. I thought I’d have some fun and share some with you. Can you guess which books these review are from? Answers at bottom of the page.

A) This is a two star review from one of the 85,000 two star reviews for this book (there are 113,000 five star reviews too):

I FINISHED THE BOOK I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THE DAY. Granted, I blasted through eight of my nine lives to do so, but here I am. On my last legs, weak, tired, and hungry beyond any possible description, but I’m alive…

Same book, 1 star review: This book is quite possibly the most insipid novel I have ever read in my life. Why this book is so highly treasured by society is beyond me. It is 345 pages of nothing. The characters are like wispy shadows of something that could be interesting, the language that could be beautiful ends up becoming difficult to decipher and lead me more than once to skip over entire paragraphs because I became tired of having to stumble through them only to emerge unsatisfied, and the plot is non-existent

Same book 5 star review: Near perfection! ***** is one of those rare gems that weds character, plot and language all in one harmonious marriage. 

B) 5 star review (one of 57,000 5 star reviews)

Let me start by saying…. Wow! Just Wow!!

This book is 5+ stars for me!! It is my favorite kind of story. You know what I mean…just so intense that the characters get so far under your skin that you can’t stand to be away from them for any length of time? Well, that was me while reading this book, I couldn’t concentrate to get anything done 🙂

Same book 1 star: I honestly do NOT feel like revisiting this book and writing a review. I’d rather spend the time searching for ways to remove this utter nonsense from my memory. However, this book is so bad that I feel the need to warn others from this drivel. Luckily, I did not buy this garbage.

C) 1 star review (one of 3.3 million reviews!!)

If I could give this no stars, I would. This is possibly one of my least favorite books in the world, one that I would happily take off of shelves and stow in dark corners where no one would ever have to read it again.

Same book, 5 star review: In the course of 5 years, I’ve read this book nearly 17 times. That adds up to reading it once at least every 4 months, on an average. And I still return to this book like a bark seeking a lighthouse in the dark. When I first finished it, I was so overwhelmed by how much I related to it, I read it nearly 8 times before the year ended. By now I’ve memorized almost every scene and I still can’t shake off the feeling that I still have to learn a lot from it. Over the years, I realize that without knowing it, it has become my personal Bible – a beacon to keep me from straying from the path of kindness and compassion, no matter what.

Just goes to show that reading is very subjective! But be assured that a review of an author’s book is very, very helpful to their ratings, which in turn can help their career. So if you have a chance, please do add your thoughts to an amazon/nook/kobo page.

Do you write reviews? Do reviews influence your buying? 

As an aside, I have a new book out! Something About You is now available exclusively on Amazon. Here’s the blurb:

Will they risk their friendship for a night of unbridled passion?

A broken heart …
Widow Jenna Cassidy-Pearce has had her one love of a lifetime. Now she’s fine being single and focusing on her new floristry business, raising her daughter and spending time with her friends. On top of all that she’s also organizing a very secret wedding for her sister, the wedding-shy wedding planner. Jenna’s life is a whirlwind of busy-but-in-control, and that’s just how she likes it – it keeps the loneliness and the longing at bay. So when old friend Nick Welsh comes back into her life she’s not prepared for the onslaught of emotions and unwelcome lust she feels for him.

A damaged soldier …
After surviving bombs and bombshells that damaged his life and destroyed all trust, ex army officer Nick Welsh has returned to London for a quiet life. He definitely does not want to get embroiled in Jenna’s chaotic one, but there’s something about the spirited redhead with the sparkling blue eyes and complete inability to sit still that makes him keep seeking her out, and there’s a whole lot of chemistry he just can’t deny.
The healing power of love
Is he ready to trust again? And can he teach Jenna that everyone deserves another chance at love?
A fun story about family, second chances, old friends and new love.

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